Originally Posted by XNine
That's nice and all, but what is Sprint really even doing for customers? They've got the least amount of viable handsets, their customer service is atrocious. You want better competition? MAKE IT.
Not to say that I'm for this merger. I'm on AT&T and I sure as hell don't want them taking over the only other major GSM network. It would be bad for everyone. There wouldn't be a need for either AT&T or TMobile to compete price-wise, handset-wise, or customer-service wise since there would be no TMobile. AT&T could get away with highway robbery.
The next question is, what do we, as consumers, and as Americans, do to stop this from happening?
I'm absolutely loving my $25/month voice and unlimited data/text plan through Virgin Mobile (owned by Sprint). Coverage where I am is impeccable, and data has been nothing short of stellar for me. I went to VM to get away from AT&T, because it has been doing nothing but pocketing record profits since before 2008 (despite the economic down-turn), and instead of investing that money into expanding their mobile network, having better voice and data access, they have kept the profits, raised prices on data plans, cut back on allowed data usage, imposed caps on data plans, and imposed mandatory data plans for anyone that wants to use a "smartphone" on their network, despite having purchased that phone at full retail from a 3rd party. And now they want to buy out one of the few competitors they have?
What do we do? You can write to the FCC, write to congressmen, not use AT&T service, etc. I have faith that the FCC will not allow the purchase to go through, though there have been similar situations in the past that the FCC allowed, so who knows.
Originally Posted by JAM3S121
I have verizon, its the only carrier that has coverage where I live.. other people need to go outside or upstairs for at&t or t mobile to work.
i hope this isn't allowed to happen, wasn't there another company that merged with at&t awhile ago? they had a orange logo..?
Cingular--they're who I started with back in the day. Then AT&T bought them, along with SBC, and now AT&T has become close to a superpower in the telecom industry in the US. Something really needs to happen...